Manika Batra’s memorable run at Saudi Smash ended with a loss to World No. 5 Hina Hayata in the quarterfinals in Jeddah on Thursday.

Japan’s Hayata beat World No. 39 Manika 4-1 (7-11, 11-6, 11-4, 13-11, 11-2) in 39 minutes to reach the semifinals.

The Indian had begun her campaign with a 3-0 (11-6, 13-11, 11-8) win over Romania’s Andreea Dragoman. She stunned China’s Wang Manyu, ranked second in the world, 3-1 (6-11, 11-5, 11-7, 12-10) in the second round before defeating World No. 14 Nina Mittelham of Germany 3-0 (11-6, 11-9, 11-7) in the round of 16.

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Manika had recently lost her status as the top-ranked Indian female to Sreeja Akula but the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist is set to become India No. 1 again following her run in Jeddah.